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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Will Cromartie light fire under Jets' WRs?

By James Walker

Here is the part of the Antonio Cromartie controversy many are failing to address: New York's receivers have been pedestrian.

The Jets' receivers haven't necessarily lit it up in spring workouts or the start of training camp. Sure, Cromartie should not have made his thoughts public. But there are reasons why Cromartie feels he's the second-best receiver on the team.

Just last week, Jets head coach Rex Ryan expressed disappointment in Jeremy Kerley. Ryan said the second-year receiver needs to step it up. Stephen Hill is a rookie still getting used to the speed of the NFL game. And Chaz Schilens has flashed, but he's teased other teams before by not fulfilling his potential. There's also been minor injuries with this group.

New York's receivers still have a lot to prove after No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes. But could Cromartie light a fire under this group? The receivers have to face Cromartie every day in practice. So there's no lack of motivation after his comments.

If New York's "other" receivers step up their game from this point forward, Cromartie deserves some credit for the spark.